Dear Spartanburg County Citizens, 

As your Spartanburg County Assessor, it is my privilege to share with you the latest available Spartanburg County real property information. Therefore, I want you to know that my office is currently finalizing our 2016 valuations for certification to the County Auditor. 

Once the valuations are complete we will mail change of assessment notifications to properties that incurred an assessable transfer of interest, a change to the property that will affect the market value (such as a new structure, an addition to an existing structure, the removal of a structure, a change in the use of land, a change in the size of the land), or if the property has sold. Our tentatively scheduled date for mailing the change of assessment notifications is October 14, 2016. The appeal period for the 2016 tax year will end on January 17, 2017. 

Any appeal received after January 17, 2017 must be processed for the 2017 tax year in accordance with the South Carolina Code of Laws Section 12-60-2510 (A)(4) which states, “An appeal submitted before the first penalty date applies for the property tax year for which that penalty would apply. An appeal submitted on or after the first penalty date applies for the succeeding property tax year.” 

Please remember, filing an appeal does not extend the time to pay your tax notice. The tax notice must be paid by the due date. Penalties will apply if the tax notice is not paid by the date indicated on the notice. Upon resolution of the appeal, an adjusted tax notice will be prepared and the difference, if any, will be refunded or billed accordingly. The 2016 tax notices are due by Monday, January 17, 2017; tax notices unpaid after this date will incur penalties for late payment. 

Also, when you receive your 2016 tax notice or a 2016 change of assessment notification please review the document to insure the property classification is correct. Please contact my office immediately if your property classification is incorrect. 

 Property Classification  Assessment Ratio  Jurisdiction
 Owner Occupied Legal Residence Real Property  4%  County Assessor
 Agricultural Real Property of Individuals  4%  County Assessor
 Agricultural Real Property of Certain Corporations  6%  County Assessor
 Other Real Property  6%  County Assessor

If you are eligible for the owner occupied legal residence special assessment or the agricultural use special assessment and fail to file the proper application, your tax liability may be over three times higher because it will be classified at the other real property rate. Failure to apply may delay a revised tax bill beyond December 31st, it will disrupt payments and balances of escrow accounts with your mortgage company and it will affect the county's total assessment base, which is used to calculate millage rates. The 2016 tax year deadline to apply for the legal residence special assessment and the agricultural use special assessment is January 17, 2017. 

Tax notices and any subsequent mailings will be mailed to the last known address as indicated by the assessor records. It is the taxpayer's responsibility to notify the Assessor's Office of mailing address changes and property classification changes. 

Please feel free to contact me - or any member of my staff - if you have questions. 


Earl N. Alexander, II 
County Assessor